Many supermarkets are finding ways to reduce their single use plastic consumption, and Aldi has just introduced an alternative to their plastic produce bags.
Aldi is trialling this scheme in stores across the North of England, the Midlands, and Scotland from the end of November.
Shoppers will now be able to buy 25p reusable drawstring produce bags, which can be brought along to your regular weekly shop along with any other reusable shopping bags.
Aldi is working to reduce their use of plastic packaging by 25 per cent by the end of 2023, so hopefully the new bags will help them achieve this.
Currently they are on track to have their own-label products packaged with materials that are recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2022.
If their drawstring bags are a success and rolled out nationally, the supermarket says that will remove the equivalent of 113 tonnes of single-use plastic from circulation each year.
However, if shoppers aren’t interested in these bags, then they can still use a free plastic bag or bring their own containers along with them to carry any produce.
The drawstring bags can hold a number of produce, as shown in Aldi’s new image showcasing their recent initiative. They’re also sturdier than free plastic bags, making them ideal for reusing.
Aldi also offer compostable carrier bags for 5p, and ‘bags for life’ for 9p, if you need to ask for one when you check out.
Fritz Walleczek, managing director of corporate responsibility at Aldi, said: “We are hopeful that our customers will embrace these new reusable produce bags whenever they’re buying loose fruit and veg and, together, we will be able to take more than 100tonnes of plastic a year out of circulation.”
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